Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara feels his team were worthy winners

Callum Morris heads home the equaliser for United.
Callum Morris heads home the equaliser for United.

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara felt his team deserved to be in the Scottish League Cup quarter-finals despite needing extra-time to beat Dunfermline.

The Tangerines were level with the Pars after 90 minutes before goals from Scott Fraser and Blair Spittal wrapped up a 3-1 third-round victory.

The visitors had opened the scoring through Michael Paton – thanks largely to a blunder from United goalie Luis Zwick – before Callum Morris headed the equaliser.

McNamara said: “I think we were worthy winners in the end.

“The concern again is the chances we are not taking, just as in previous games.

“Dunfermline started brightly and it was a mistake from the goalie.

“There were a lot of mistakes at the start but we showed character and bravery to come back into the game.

“The most important thing is we got through.”

Meanwhile, the consortium that includes United chairman Stephen Thompson appears to have agreed a deal to buy Newcastle Jets and it will be formally announced next month.

Jets chief executive David Eland confirmed that Football Federation Australia officials are confident it will go ahead.

Eland said: “The FFA has advised me today that the broad terms of the sale have been agreed.

“Unfortunately, the timing has been delayed until after the season kicks off.

“My recollection was that FFA were hopeful the transaction would be completed by the start of the 2015-16 season, but it looks like that is going to be pushed back.

“But we’re only talking a matter of weeks, not months.”

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